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HIDDEN COSTS

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FOOD

Coffee-pouring service (more common at receptions than arranging a coffee station)  

 $2-$3 per person


MENU-TASTING ( if not included in catering fee)

$100-$150


FACILITY FEE (if you don’t use the in-house caterer)

$500+

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LINENS

Chair covering ( even if you provide all of your own fabric covers)

$1 per chair to cover, $1 per chair to remove the cover.


FULL-LENGTH  LINENS  on top of the fee for standard short ones (which usually cost about $13 each): $5-10 extra per table cloth.


SPECIAL FOLDING FOR DINNER NAPKINS OTHER THAN TRADITION FAN-FOLD

$1-$2 per napkin.

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PARKING

Valet fee on top of negotiated parking cost:

$5-$25 per car

Security guard for parking lot  (sometimes required by the venue): $100 per hour.


PHOTOGRAPHY

Extra pictures included in album:

$15-$40 per page (album included in photography package may have only 20 pages)


CD of negatives: $200-$500 (Photographers generally don’t include this in photo package but may include a proof album)

Wedding Band Equipment

Why it's hidden The cost of the wedding band includes fees for the musicians' time and the minimum amount of equipment needed. If your reception space is extra-large, then additional speakers and microphones could possibly be required to project the best sound quality.


The cost Anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars


How to avoid it Before booking your wedding band or DJ, you need to clearly explain the layout of the space (or have them check it out, if they're willing) so the vendors know exactly what they're working with. If they want to add in extra equipment, you should have them explain why it's necessary before you sign a contract or agree to pay for anything else.

 Postage Stamps

Why it's hidden Stationers don't advertise the shipping costs; if they did, you might decide to go with simpler (read: cheaper) invites.


The cost Oversized, awkwardly shaped and bulky invitations will most often run you as much as $2 each to mail.


How to avoid it

 Skip the fancy boxed invitations and multi layer cards, which can bulk up quickly and cost a lot more than you bargained for.


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